SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (FOX 2) – Four years after enrolling students in the first nursing education program at Lawrence Technological University in 2017, these students were the first class to graduate.
“I would like to welcome you to the inaugural ceremony of setting the bachelor’s degree in nursing,” said Dr. Therese Jamison, director of the nursing program.
“You serve the community in the noblest of professions, serving others,” said Dr. Virinder Moudgil, president of LTU.
The formal start ceremony will take place remotely on May 8, but on Tuesday a fixation ceremony to symbolize the rite of passage from an academic diploma to nursing practice was held on campus for the 26 students in the program.
Students enter nursing as a deadly tool pandemic continues to increase in Michigan.
“We talked about how the pandemic has changed the way we care for people,” said Jamison.
“I was scared, but that’s what I signed up for,” said student Christine Mullen. “This is the career I chose.”
Tanisha and Arial Wright are sisters who ended the program together, saying that their education prepared them to face the challenges of the pandemic.
“This is the biggest demand I see now in healthcare and I am ready to take on it,” said Tanisha.
“I am ready for this challenge, I am ready and willing,” said Arial.
With the great need in the battle against COVID-19, the entire class of 26 trainees has jobs aligned.
University officials say these students were mainly placed in Ascension Michigan hospitals and health centers.
These students say they are ready to take care of those in need.